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DAY 7: HORSESHOE BAY to WHISTLER

After getting off the ferry at 10.30pm in Horseshoe bay I asked some fellow bike packers if they know of any good spots to camp for the night. They directed me to a little spot over looking the water about 2kms away and I peddled off into the night. After some exploration and surveying I found a little beach spot where I pitched the tent and hunkered down for my first night back sleeping On the road.


My alarm woke me up at 5.15am and I got up and packed every away and was back on the road for 6am.

The day began with a chill ride along Highway 1 which connected me to Highway 99 (Sea To Sky Highway). This highway was busy, had fast moving traffic and spots where the shoulder reduced to a sliver In size.

I peddled on to Lions Bay where I stopped briefly for breakfast before moving forward. My legs were sore and tired from the big day I had the day before and before long I found myself huffing and puffing up the long climbs.

I made it to Squamish BC where I sat and had some lunch and bathed in the sun. The thought of cycling another 60km of busy highway was SO unappealing. On this trip I had cycled through the wind and the rain, climbed massive passes and persevered through broken bones but I realized for the first time on my trip I wasn’t enjoying myself.

What was the point of continuing if I wasn’t enjoying myself?


After thinking about it for a while I decided that as much as I wanted to reach Whistler that day, I couldn‘t bare sitting in that saddle and slogging up massive climbs at a crawling pace while rushing commuters travelling too fast flew by me much too close for my comfort levels.

After hopping on the trusty googler for a while I found a ride share that could take myself and my bike up to Whistler where I would have time to sit and relax and find a good spot to sleep and prepare for the MAMOTH next day.

Some might call that cheating but I felt I was cheating myself out of the enjoyment of the trip so 🤷‍♂️

Once I’m Whistler I did a grocery shop for the next couple of days as I knew I would be travelling steep steep climbs over passes (longest climb in Canada to be precise) I wasn’t sure how long this section was going to take me so a stocked up on everything with reserves for a few days. I charged up all my devices and with the evening catching up to me I peddled off out of town to find a good place to sleep once again.

After much pondering and some help from satellite imagery I finally decided on some lake front real estate about 4 kilometres north of whistler.

I parked the bike, peeled of the bike shorts, a feeling I now compare to pulling off your ski boots after a long day at the hill, put on something comfier and prepped my campsite for the night. Food hung away from the animals, tent pitched and small fire burning, I crawled into my sleeping bag for the night.

I was asleep so so fast!


Best nights rest I’ve had since the crash!


Current Feelings

Sleepy, drained


Daily Specs

Distance: 102km

  • By bike - 45km

  • By car - 59km


> I also realized I did t take any pictures until Whistler so I pinched some for you off the internet 💪<





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Aunty Sam
Jul 10, 2020

Forrest you are a SPEED MACHINE😲... you must have been doing 60k per hour!!! Good job your mum doesn't know😉..... can't believe the distance you travelled in 1 day.... wowed.... and the most fabulous photography again😘😘😘

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laramanfamily
Jul 08, 2020

Well said Cee and well done Fo.

Forrest my life has been made up of short cuts, long cuts and plenty of half cuts

🍻🍻🍻😜😜

Doing a journey your way is exactly that ( I can hear Frank Sinatra as I type 🤣)

Proud of you

Keep safe and keep up with the tales 😉😉❤️

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costello_family
Jul 07, 2020

Amazing start to your journey back home.....just attempting this with a not fully healed injury is fantastic so give yourself a break (no pun intended!) if you take one or two necessary shortcuts to keep you on track with your mission. 'The' most important thing in all of this is that you only do what you feel is safe to do and that you take enjoyment from the journey regardless of how arduous it is ( ok I know that is two points but hopefully you're not counting and just listening to your mum like a good son should!) If possible give yourself as many rest breaks as you can and break up the journey into small manageable chunks....you are…

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